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Why We Can No Longer "Stick to Sports"

Brian Taylor

Posted on August 18, 2017 22:06

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While the pursuit of using sports as a distraction from the drain of the real world is a noble one, the gray area has become too prevalent to do so.

It's as inevitable as a Tony Romo interception in a critical moment.  A professional athlete posts a political viewpoint on Twitter and one of the first responses is something along the lines of "Bruh, I don't follow you to hear your opinions on politics, just stick to sports."  More often than not, the athlete is well known and has hundreds of thousands of followers and the guy responding has about 30 followers and uses a generic avatar as their profile picture.  

There's no debate about who has more of a right to voice their opinion on social media, because both of them have a Constitutionally protected right to express themselves, public backlash not withstanding.  In forming my belief system, I always try to envision a scenario where the shoe is on the other foot, does that argument hold up then, or does it expose a blatant hypocrisy? Under the "stick to sports" logic, what gives someone the authority to tell that athlete to stay in their lane if that person is not a politician themselves?

I can find common ground with the "stick to sports" crowd in that I too enjoy sports for the distraction it provides me.  No matter what is going on in my life, I always find my happy place in the stadium or at the bar watching the game with friends with a pitcher of beer and a plate of wings in front of me.  While I certainly get emotional when my teams lose a big game (or just plain suck year after year), the frustration I feel around sports is little more than a whimper compared to the pure anger I feel when I see events like what took place last weekend in Charlottesville.  

We live in very interesting times.  Avoiding the daily conflict of ideas and tensions coming out of Washington DC is no longer realistic.  What is happening in our country right now affects all of us.  Professional athletes are still normal humans (at least off the field) who have feelings and emotions and care about their loved ones and their communities.  They have values and beliefs, and in the age of social media, a bigger platform than ever to express their feelings about the world; same as the guy with the Twitter egg and 6 followers tweeting things at him like "your a looser."  

So why does the "stick to sports" crowd continue to clog our feeds? It's a reflection of a deeper problem in society.  No longer can we simply not agree to disagree with people and look to surround ourselves with people who think like us.  If someone has differing beliefs, our natural reaction is to think less of them.  We may have no problem thinking ill of "that uncle," but we don't want to think the same of our favorite players.  To this I say too bad.  If you can't accept that your favorite player thinks differently than you, maybe you should just "stick to sports bruh."

 

Brian Taylor

Posted on August 18, 2017 22:06

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